Today, I Told a Lie (a short story)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Kody is a kid who really doesn't mind playing by himself at Recess, no matter how odd it may look. One of his friends invites him to play softball with him and some of the older kids, although Kody isn't too thrilled with the idea. He thinks the whole thing will end up being a disaster, and unfortunately, he's right.

RATING: PG-13 for some crude and strong language.

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Language: English
About Michael Crane

Michael Crane is an indie author and scribbler of inane babble that can sometimes end up as stories. He went to Columbia College Chicago where he earned a BA in Fiction Writing. He is currently the author of two short story collections, and he also might've written two books while he was in high school, but he refuses to own up to them and that's why they aren't included on the page. He lives in Illinois and is always trying to work on something new, unless he's battling stupid writer's block.

Some of his favorite writers are Raymond Carver, Richard Yates, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis and Hunter S. Thompson.

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Review by: Morning Paradise Press on Aug. 02, 2011 :
A nice short story with an interesting conclusion. I thought Frankie's character was a bit extreme, but I understand why Mr. Crane wrote him that way. Even though the story was in first person, the word "I" could have been used a bit less, although that's just a personal preference as a writer myself. Overall, a good entertaining story worth a read.
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Review by: RedAdept on Oct. 18, 2010 :
Overall: 4 3/4 Stars

Plot/Storyline/Character Development: 4 1/2 Stars

I was intrigued by this story from the beginning. I think I even bit my nails when Kody, the main character, got up to bat. I actually felt like I was on the playground watching.

Unfortunately, overall, I have to say that the story was just depressing with no real point…well, except to depress people, perhaps. After reading this story, I thought about all of the news stories I had heard about kids killing themselves because they were bullied in school, and the parents never even knew. This could have been a portrayal of a younger version of those kids.

I do admit to “not getting” what the big deal about the lie was. It’s not like the kid did something wrong. I mean, I understand why he lied; I’m just not certain why he was so upset about it. Of course, if the mother knew, she would have been far more horrified at the lie than I felt the kid should have been. As an adult and a parent, I think the lie was horribly sad, but Kody obviously did not feel sad about it for the same reasons.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The writing style was excellent. Mr. Crane really got into the spirit of writing from a child’s point of view. He stayed wonderfully in character throughout. The descriptions were excellent. The dialogue was true.

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Review by: Kipp Poe Speicher on Aug. 20, 2010 :
Another great short from an author with a amazing ability to create characters you feel deeply about. The story deals with the torment a child goes through for not being one of the guys, and would rather be on his own.

You feel the pain he is put through and even worse is the pain he deals with by telling a lie.
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Review by: Joel Arnold on Aug. 18, 2010 :
I really enjoyed this heartbreaking story, told from the point of view of a third-grader who prefers playing by himself. I feel the author nailed the voice of this child - very believable, and I remember having some of those feelings when I was a youngster.

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Review by: Justin Lowmaster on Aug. 17, 2010 :
This piece is short but to the point. It paints a picture I can believe really happened.

The dialogue and characters are believable. I had quite a bit of sympathy for the main character.

It's certainly worth a read.
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